The MA GOP must be starting to think of Broadside, Jim Braude’s show on NECN, as something of a buzzsaw heading straight for them. Last week, Mary Connaughton ended up looking frankly quite foolish as she repeatedly failed to answer simple questions. Even most RMGers were deeply disappointed.
Yesterday, it was Jim McKenna’s turn. McKenna, you may recall, is the unlikely GOP candidate for Attorney General who pulled off the quite impressive feat of getting himself on the ballot via a write-in campaign. But his mini-debate with Martha Coakley on Braude’s show was awful. It’s not that all of what he said was so terrible, though some of it was – he did flat-out refuse to answer several easy questions (like his position on gay marriage – inexcusable for an AG candidate), rather like Connaughton, and was embarrassed by Braude when Braude called him out on insinuations he was making. It’s that he mumbled, and hemmed and hawed his way through the whole thing. The guy inspires about as much confidence as a jelly donut. After watching the 15-minute debate, I came away with the firm sense that Jim McKenna is not in any way ready to hold statewide office. Watch it and see what you think.
And, for good measure, here’s some bootleg video (HT shpanks2009) of McKenna mumbling his way through a colossally lame answer to a question about how he’s hardly bothered to vote in the last decade. (Transcript after the flip – it’s a bit tough to hear.)